On Call Preparator

On-Call Preparator

Job Summary:

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art seeks a qualified on-call Preparator to assist with the preparation and installation of exhibitions. The position will report to the Exhibitions Manager, Guest Curators, and/or Executive Director. It is a contract, on-call position that will last the duration of August – December 2017, with the availability to continue into the 2018 exhibition season.

About the Museum:

The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art is a magnet of creative energy and cultural inspiration. Its exhibitions and educational programs engage the community in the art and ideas of our time, encouraging curiosity and innovation.

By the mid-1990’s, Sonoma had long been known for its rich cultural life, which encompasses visual, literary, musical, dramatic, culinary, and winemaking arts. Yet there was no central place where artists, collectors, residents, and visitors could meet to interact, and broaden their outlook on the fine arts. In 1998, The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art (SVMA) was founded and incorporated as a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization to meet this need and promote the creation, exhibition, and collection of fine arts from around the world and provide educational opportunities to people of all ages. Since 1999, SVMA has staged more than 70 exhibitions attracting over 130,000 visitors. It occupies an 8,000-square-foot space at 551 Broadway, just one-half block south of the historic Sonoma Town Plaza. The museum purchased the building in early 2001, and extensive renovations, including the addition of a new façade, were completed in March 2004. In 2010, classroom space was installed. With a membership of more than 1,000 households, SVMA is the largest visual arts organization in the San Francisco North Bay region (Sonoma, Marin, Napa and Solano Counties). In recent years, the curatorial mission has evolved to feature modern and contemporary work, bringing a new perspective to the area.


The On-Call Preparator works under the supervision of SVMA Exhibitions Manager, Guest Curators, and the Executive Director on the installation and deinstallation of exhibitions on an as-needed basis. This position is responsible for the safe handling and installation of artwork, construction/preparation of exhibition furniture, painting and maintenance of gallery walls, audio/video equipment set-up, and other duties as directed by Museum staff. The candidate must be familiar with a variety of artworks including heavy sculptures, paintings, photography, ephemera, etc. The work schedule ranges from 5 to 15 days per exhibition (approximately 40 to 120 work hours) which may occur three to four times per year. Occasional weekend and/or evening hours may be required.

Job Requirements:

• High school diploma.

• Valid driver’s license.

• Must be willing to travel to Sonoma

• Must have at least 5-7 years of experience handling, installing, packing artwork as a preparator or in a similar position in a museum, gallery or arts organization.

• Must be knowledgeable in basic carpentry, woodworking skills, and/or experience using hand tools and wood shop equipment.

• Must have general knowledge of wall building, drywall finishing, and painting.

• Maintains attention to detail and capacity to effectively manage multiple tasks and deadlines.

• Must be able to complete physically demanding tasks, climb ladders, and lift and carry heavy objects

• Must be able to work independently with little or sporadic supervision.

To apply, please provide the following:

● Resume with education and employment history

● Three references with contact information

● Brief cover letter addressing your interest in the position

● Application materials should be emailed in PDF format with “On-Call Preparator” in subject line to: Tanya Gayer - tgayer@svma.org

No phone calls please. To learn more about SVMA, visit www.svma.org

Please note: Sonoma Valley Museum of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, gender or gender identity, national origin, disability, age, citizenship status, marital status, Vietnam era or special disabled veteran's status, sexual orientation or other basis protected by law. SVMA makes reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants and employees with disabilities as defined by and in compliance with California law.

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